Hops and Sips

Beer, wine, spirits: Where to grab a drink in Snohomish County

Beer My Valentine at Lake Stevens Brewing: Enjoy chocolates, candies and beer at Lake Stevens Brewing’s Beer My Valentine event at 3 p.m. Feb. 10… Continue reading

Wahluke Slope fruit plays key role for Washington’s wineries

Nearly 10,000 acres of wine grapes are planted on along the slope known for perfectly ripened fruit.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Washington Hop Mob Roadshow: The fourth annual Hop Mob, a 10-day celebration of triple IPAs, has events throughout Puget Sound over the next week. The… Continue reading

Washington’s first plantings of riesling predated statehood

It is now the No. 4 grape in the state, trailing cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay.

Beer of the Week: Sound to Summit’s Spinal Hop

The Snohomish brewery named its new triple IPA after a joke in the movie “This is Spinal Tap.”

New kombucha brewery and taproom opens in Arlington

GloryBucha is one of the first — if not the first — fermented tea bar in Snohomish County.

Beer of the Week: Beardslee Public House’s Ponderosa Pilsner

The Bothell brewery’s new brew was named via a customer naming contest. Travis Doyle was the winner.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Winter Dram Spirits Festival 2018: Sample spirits from more than 25 distillers at this year’s Winter Dram Spirits Festival from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Jan.… Continue reading

Malbec is now the No. 5 grape in the Walla Walla Valley

The red Bordeaux grape is picking up in popularity in Washington wine country.

Beer of the Week: Scuttlebutt’s Night Circus

The Everett brewery’s head brewer had nightmares trying to dial in its new coffee and coconut ale.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Java Day at Middleton Brewing: Everett’s Middleton Brewing will be pouring coffee versions of seasonal and year-round beers from 2 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20… Continue reading

The latest on Snohomish County’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.

recreated one of those old recipes, brewing Tennant’s 1954 Gold Label Barleywine

Viognier: French white grape gaining foothold in Washington

Viognier, the noble white grape of the northern Rhône Valley of France, has started to gain a strong foothold in the Pacific Northwest, rolling in… Continue reading

Booze-related events in Snohomish County and beyond

Winter Scotch Dinner at Anderson School: Bothell’s McMenamins Anderson School is hosting a Winter Scotch Dinner at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the former school,… Continue reading

Everett brewer mixes sugary Trix cereal into IPA

Absofruitelicious, a New England-style IPA, follows a stout made with Cookie Crisp cereal.

Spain’s tempranillo gaining in popularity across Northwest

Here are eight examples of Northwest tempranillos that are worth seeking out.

A red wine state, Washington continues to focus on blends

Washington is often thought of as a white wine state, probably because we’re famous for our rieslings and chardonnays. But, in fact, Washington has been… Continue reading

Beer of the Week: Woodinville’s Sumerian Brewing’s Scotch Ale

This Scotch ale may have a mundane name, but the taste isn’t.

Beer, Wine, Spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Founders Brewing tasting: Lynnwood’s Special Brews is hosting Founders Brewing for a tasting at 5 p.m. Jan. 10 at the bottleshop, 14608 Highway 99, Lynnwood.… Continue reading

Top 10 local beers of 2017: Great taste and some crazy names

As elsewhere, this year we in Snohomish County were crazy for hazy IPAs.